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Phase 2 Framing Your build Phase 4 Self Ged Ferris, marketing manager at Cembrit, explains the advantages of fibre cement cladding and how it can save significant time and cost for self-builders with help cladding One of the more visible trends in exterior refurbishment in recent times has been the increased use of cladding boards on home projects. Cladding has many advantages as an outer skin – it is an insulator of both noise and heat, which means it can keep a home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, whilst reducing power consumption and ultimately, energy bills. One of the other advantages of cladding is that it is a great way to give a home a makeover, and is in general, fairly easy to install and is readily available from a wide range of suppliers. All this makes it an ideal product for self-builders. Cladding panels are available in many forms, shapes, colours and textures. In fact, there is something to suit almost any project requirement. Cost is dependent on quality of the material used, and there are many types of materials currently in use, both in large format board size and in much smaller options, depending on the effect required. A cladding material that has seen a marked increase in use in recent times is fibre cement – a versatile material that is available in a range of formats and finishes. Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Pioneering The use of cladding panels for external use was pioneered both in Scandinavia and North America, probably as an alternative to lathe covered plaster often seen in central Europe. Cladding has come a long way in the last few years, especially with brick, textured and wood finishes manufactured to stand the test of time. Among the various options, fibre cement cladding has become a popular choice for exterior walls and its stylish finish, and has won over many homeowners and self-builders. Originally developed as a low-maintenance alternative to timber, fibre cement cladding is widely used to create exciting new looks for residential builds. It makes an interesting modern material in its own right. Key benefits Fibre cement cladding is a manmade cladding material that features a range of aesthetic and physical properties. Made from a matrix of cement and cellulose reinforced with fibres and fillers, it offers supreme strength and durability. It is easy to work with and available in a wide range of colours and finishes to suit traditional 48 Spring 2018


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